The Special Criminal Court yesterday granted bail to the accused GNPC officials, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. The ten officials were billed to provide several millions of dollars for their bail. Businessman Edrissa Jobe’s bail was pegged at $1.2 million dollars with two Gambian sureties. The sureties were required to provide two landed properties as part of Mr. Jobe’s bonding. Both Edi Jobe and his sureties were also required to make an undertaking that Jobe must avail himself in court if needed and he should not jump bail. Jobe and his sureties also signed the document after making the undertaking. Mr. Jobe was also ordered to surrender his international passport to the Registrar of the court.
Senior counsel A.N.D. Bensouda and H.S. Sabally represented Cherno Marena, the former Solicitor General. Both counsels argued for their client to be granted court bail. Mr. Marena was granted bail in the sum of $1.6 million dollars with two Gambian sureties. Like Edi Jobe, Mr. Marena, too made similar undertakings for his bail.
Lawyer Ida Drammeh represented Momodou Taal. She was able to secure bail for her client. Mr. Taal’s bail was accessed at D250, 000 dalasi with one Gambian surety. Fafa Sanyang, one of the accused officials was also granted bail in the sum of D250, 000 dalasi. Lawyer Lamin Camara represented Sanyang during his bail application.
Lawyer Camara also secured bail for two of his clients: Seedy Kanyi and Louie Moses Mendy. Seedy Kanyi was granted bail in the sum of US$1.3 million with two Gambian sureties, while Louie Moses Mendy’s bail was billed at $1.6 million with two Gambian sureties.
Meanwhile, the ailing former Petroleum Minister Sirah Walley Ndow Njie, continues to languish at the NIA. She is yet to be granted court bail. Ms. Sirra Walley Ndow Njie, is so far the only official yet to be granted bail. Her lawyer Ida Drammeh, had earlier informed the court that her client’s sugar level was high, and she was in desperate need of medical treatment.
In his ruling few days ago, Justice Ottaba, ordered the Director of Prisons to allow the former Minister access to medical treatment. He also ordered the prison boss to enable the detainees to have access to food and proper medication.
Sira Walley and co are standing trial on charges of economic crime and abuse office. They have been detained for over a month now.